Sunday, August 30, 2009

Old World Succulent Garden

Here are some of the succulents and cacti that you will see when you visit the "Old World Succulent Garden" in San Diego's Wild Animal Park. The setting was desert-like and it's summer so it was so hot going to the garden. Make sure you bring a water bottle, wear a hat, and don't forget to bring your camera. Some of the plants there I haven't seen yet and they look like they've been there for years as it is so big like this cactus at the very bottom.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Epiphyllums and Bonsai Garden

Bonsai 1
Bonsai 2
Bonsai 3
Ephiphyllum 1
Took fruits from this tree but unfortunately lost them somewhere.
Epiphyllums growing in hanging pots protected from the scorching heat by a mesh.
Ephiphyllum 2
Epiphyllum 3
It's not just animals that you will see when you visit San Diego's Wild Animal Park. There are gardens like these - the Epiphyllum and the Bonsai Gardens (and the Old World Succulent Garden, which I will post pictures in my next post) for plants lovers too! I guess most of the people are just into the animals because there was nobody there when I visited these gardens. Well, if you wonder what epiphyllums are, they are epiphytic cacti with flattened leaf-like stems and large white flowers that open at night. You should see them yourself, they have a wild collection at this zoo!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Plants in San Diego's Wild Animal Park

the epiphytic air plant staghorn fern
some huge aloes (?)
and huge agaves (or aloes?)
Can you help me I.D. this one?
spanish moss hanging by a tree branch

Saturday, August 22, 2009

One of California's Invasive Trees

I have these trees growing crazy all around my backyard and I got to get rid of these seedlings really fast. They grow so quick that some of them are about 6 feet tall now. They have to go before they eat up all the nutrients from the soil around my other precious trees. I can only use a shear to the big ones but it's best to pull them out of the ground. If I'm not mistaken this tree is called, "tree of heaven". More information about this tree by going to the Invasive Plants of America website or click here.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Animal Planters

Here are my animal planters - a hippopotamus (I hope I spelled that correctly) with an echeveria, an elephant which I planted some cuttings from my bunny ears cactus, and Mr. Froggy (a frog planter) with a wandering jew in the little pot.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

List of Curcubits in My Garden

honeydew melon
more squash
And a tiny fruit from the giant pumpkin seed I've sown months ago.
Other cucurbits are zucchini, cucumber, gourds, watermelons (and any other melons), canteloupe, bitter melon, and all decorative little squashes.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Ginkgo Biloba

Here is a single ginkgo biloba seedling that survived the heat (well after I moved it to a more shady location). I have planted a couple of seeds but germination was so poor. I actually had two seedlings emerge but one didn't make it. It got burned by this summer heat. Ginkgo is also called Maidenhair tree.

Saturday, August 08, 2009


This is the second year this grapevine is bearing fruit. It looks almost like last year's crop and I'm not satisfied with it. The fruits are so tiny but it's sweet. What could be the problem- Any suggestions?

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Giant Hydrangea Flower

Have you seen a single hydrangea flower it's so big? Check this out - I started this hydrangea from cuttings and it's has this huge showy pink flower!

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Seed Saving: Onion Seeds

An onion flower in bloom
Fully bloomed onion flower
Seed pod on an onion stalk
Dried seed pods open to release the seeds
Shaking off the black onion seeds - they easily drop off from the open pods Make sure to keep them in paper bags, label and date it.